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Judicial CP - May 2006
Corpun file 19109
Sunday Mail, Harare, 21 May 2006
Boy to receive 2 cane strokes
By Metro Reporter
A 16-YEAR-OLD Highfield boy will receive two strokes of the
light cane at Harare Central Prison after he was last week
convicted of stealing an army uniform by a Mbare magistrate.
George Kasambira (16) of New Canaan had pleaded not guilty before
Mbare magistrate Mrs Florence Mudzongo, who had been charged with
stealing the military fatigues belonging to Mr Peter Mhuru, also
The accused was, however, found guilty of committing the offence
on March 1. The court heard that the juvenile stole the uniform
from a clothesline at a block of flats where Mr Mhuru lives After
stealing the uniform, the boy sold it to a Highfield woman. On
March 5, he went back to the premises and stole a T-shirt
belonging to Mr Mhuru but this time a neighbour spotted him and
effected a citizen's arrest.
It was then that the accused confessed to having previously
stolen the uniform from the complainant, before he led them to
the buyer, where it was recovered.
Kasambira broke down and pleaded with the court to forgive him as
he was still going to school and further said in mitigation that
he was looking for money to buy food as his grandmother had left
him with no food when she left their home to attend a funeral.
The magistrate sentenced Kasambira to three months in prison
which were wholly suspended for five years on condition that he
does not commit any offence involving dishonesty. He will instead
receive two strokes of a light cane.
"You should go to school and not steal," the magistrate
said in her concluding remarks.
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